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Graham WalkerThis is the website of Graham Walker, Dorset, UK who has had an interest in the early piano for over 30 years. He has undertaken the restoration of instruments for private collection and has also carried out research on early pianos and their makers over this period. This has been done alongside a career in management consultancy and performance management. Early retirement in 2007 enabled him to become more involved and he commissioned a cloth manufacturer to produce an authentic keyboard cloth. This cloth is the nearest match to an early 19th century piano cloth that can be made within modern manufacturing processes. It was initially produced for his requirements but it soon came in demand by others.  Further types of cloth have been replicated by request from makers and restorers.  These cloths can be purchased from the online shop on this website.  He has also undertaken some research into the leather used in early English pianos and is currently working in liaison with the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, Northampton University, UK with the objective of determining specifications. He is involved in supporting interest in the early piano and is passionate about ensuring that our heritage of early pianos collections in the UK can be maintained for the future.

1794 Gabriel Buntebart square piano

1794-BuntebartA very fine and elegant satinwood and mahogany square piano crossbanded in purpleheart on a matching table stand. The nameboard inscription reads: Gabriel Buntebart, Londini, Fecit, 1794, Princess Street, Hanover Square.  Buntebart was in partnership with Johannes Zumpe from 1768 to 1778 and also Sievers from 1783 to 1793.  Buntebart died in October 1794 and his will shows that he left his  piano making business to John Henry Schrader, the workshop foreman.  This piano was made in the tradition of earliest square pianos in England both in technical construction and tonal characteristics.

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